There is no written record for most of the time man has wandered the earth. Literate peoples tend to believe we have nothing to learn from this prehistory and that whatever did happen then has little bearing on current issues, problems and future prospects. In the first of a three-lecture series, John Ware, executive director of the Amerind Foundation, will argue that our survival depends on relearning some ancient lessons.
The lectures will be presented at 3:30 p.m. on successive Wednesdays (June 25, July 2 and July 9) in the Arizona Senior Academy building’s Great Room.
In his first talk, Ware will discuss a number of far-ranging topics: human evolution; race, which Ware contends doesn’t exist; social-political organization, which began with kinship; our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the most resilient of all human adaptations; the Neolithic revolution, when things started to go south; egalitarian to stratified social structures; and the “second earth,” which he calls the greatest sociological experiment of all time.
Ware is an anthropologist and archeologist whose research and teaching focus on the prehistory and ethno-history of the northern Southwest, where he has worked for over 40 years. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Colorado. Ware has been with the Amerind Foundation since 2001. His most recent book, “A Pueblo Social History: Kinship, Sodality and Community in the Northern Southwest,” was published in March of this year.
He will be retiring from the Amerind in August, so these lectures will likely be his final presentations at Academy Village. His second lecture, “Southwest or Northwest?” is scheduled for July 2, and the final lecture, “Chaco Mystery Solved?” will be July 9.
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